It’s common knowledge that seasons in the northern and southern hemispheres are opposites, but many people are still astonished the first time they actually experience the difference!
STEP A EXPRESSIONS
I. Go over the expressions with your tutor.
1. Seriously? is used to express skepticism or disbelief about something.
Seriously? It’s shark meat?
2. No way! is an expression used when you hear something surprising or unexpected.
No way! Tina got married? She just met the guy!
3. To do a double take means to look twice to confirm if you saw something correctly.
I had to do a double take when I saw what the street vendor was selling. I thought it was just a plastic toy, but it was actually a real snake!
II. How would you react if you saw the following things? Use the expressions above.
your friend eating ice cream
outside in winter
a man in a Santa costume
like a ghost
STEP B PRONUNCIATION
do a double take
/ doo-wuh duhb-uhl teyk /
Did she / doo-wuh duhb-uhl teyk /?
Charlie and Yuko are visiting Charlie’s parents in Perth. Yuko is talking to Olivia, Charlie’s mother.
What are we having for dinner?
We’re thinking of throwing some seafood on the barbie. Are you okay with that?
Seriously? Sure! I love barbecue, but I’m not used to having it in December. In Japan, we’d normally have a barbecue during summer.
Well, December is summer here! Come visit us more and you’ll get used to it. It’s quite delightful to have Christmas in the summer, you know.
Yeah, I keep forgetting that Christmas is this Friday. That explains what I saw at the beach yesterday!
What did you see?
Well, as Charlie and I were walking along the water, I did a double take when I saw Santa Claus wearing swimming trunks! I thought the sun was playing tricks with my eyes, but it really was a man dressed as Santa Claus in swimming trunks. It was hilarious! (laughs)
Oh, that’s a common sight here at Christmas time. On Christmas Day, many people even have a barbie on the beach. Our family prefers to go Christmas camping up in the mountains, though. Did Charlie tell you about that?
Christmas camping? No way! That sounds really cool! So different from what I’m used to. In Japan, we’d normally just eat Christmas fried chicken at home on Christmas Eve. Christmas camping is going to be so much fun!
Did you know that Australians have a lot of unique slang? Many Australian slang terms are created by shortening words. For example, barbie is slang for barbecue, mozzie is slang for mosquito, and roo is slang for kangaroo!
STEP A EXERCISE
The underlined expressions are close but not quite correct. Correct them.
- No ways! You put milk in plastic bags?
- Serious? People wake up at 4 a.m. every day just to exercise?
- I did the double takes when I saw a picture of what they were eating.
STEP B EXERCISE
Are the underlined expressions used correctly? If not, change the sentences.
- No way! You can buy a new pair of shoes for only $2?!
- I did a double take when I saw a guy carrying a medium pizza.
- Seriously? I can’t believe this supermarket doesn’t sell bread!
It’s July, and you decided to go to Australia for summer vacation. You packed a bag of warm-weather clothes and just met your Australian friend at the airport. Talk to your friend and express your surprise about the local weather and culture.
- No way!
- do a double take
Discuss your ideas.
I can express surprise.
LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT
Could complete the task with ease
Could complete the task with some clarifications
Could complete the task with additional instructions
Could somehow complete the task with difficulty
the ability to use a wide variety of vocabulary
the ability to speak correctly
the ability to speak smoothly without pauses or fillers
the ability to manage a conversation